Heye, Hellmuth, born 09-08-1895 in Beckingen, Saar, son of son of father, August Wilhelm Heye , and mother Else Karcher Heye, graduated from high school in Berlin, Gauleiter Josef Goebbels (did you know) in early 1914 and immediately joined the Imperial Navy. From April 1939 to September 1940 he commanded the Heavy Cruiser Admiral Hipper . While taking his ship to Trondheim in April 1940 to land invasion troops there, Operation Weserübung, General Nikolaus Falkenhorst he encountered the British destroyer HMS Glowworm and sank it. Heye sent a message to the British Admiralty through the Red Cross praising the gallantry of Glowworm‘s commander and crew, and this contributed to Lieutenant Commander Gerard Roope, receiving, posthumously, the first Victoria Cross of World War II. Lieutenant-Commander Gerard Broadmead Roope VC RN was a posthumous British recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Being a 35-year-old Royal Navy commanding officer, his action was the first awarded a Victoria Cross in the Second World War, although the award was gazetted after the hostilities, and he is one of very few to have the award justified, in part, by a recommendation and supporting evidence provided by the enemy. In 1941 Heye was promoted to Vice Admiral, and from September to November 1942 he was commanding admiral of the German naval forces in the Black Sea. From April 1944 onward he was commanding admiral of the small naval combat forces, which included mini-submarines, combat divers, etc. He received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 18-01-1941. In the five and a half years of the war, German shipyards built 1.156 U-boats, of which 784 were lost from enemy action or other causes. Their toll of enemy shipping was 2.603 merchant ships of over 13½ million tons, and 175 naval vessels of all types. In terms of human lives, 28.000 German U-boat crew of the total 40.900 men recruited into the service lost their lives and 5.000 were taken prisoners of war. Some 30.000 men of the allied merchant service died, in addition to an unknown number of Allied naval personnel. When the war ended, 156 U-boats surrendered, 221 were scuttled by their own crews and two escaped to Argentina. After the war Heye published a number of works on naval strategy, history and warfare. He subsequently advised the German government on issues concerning the establishment and organization of a new military. In 1953 he joined the centrist party CDU, Christian Democratic Union of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and represented this party in the Federal Parliament from 1953 to 1961, elected for the district of Wilhelmshaven-Friesland. On 08-11-1961 the Bundestag elected him unanimously as its Ombudsman for the Military. In the autumn of 1964, Heye published a series of articles in a German news journal, warning of a risk of the German military once again drifting into isolation from society at large. This triggered a vigorous and sharply worded debate between him and the ministry of defense. Frustrated by what he perceived to be inadequate support from Parliament, Heye resigned his position on 10-11-1964.
Death and burial ground of Heye, Hellmuth Guido Alexander.
Retiring in Wiesbaden, a very popular place for many WWII Generals. Heye died at the 75, on 10-11-1970 and is buried with his wife Luise, born Emenne, who died age 75 in 1971, on the Nordfriedhof of Wiesbaden, together with the Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 170th Infanterie Division , Franz Bentivegni, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur der LXIII Heeresgruppe, Ernst Dehner, Generalleutnant der Kavallerie, Jurist Reichs Kriegsgericht, Friedrich Eberhardt, Generalleutant der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 172nd Division, Kurt Fischer, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Commander of POW’s in area Wehrmacht Commander Eastern Territories, Victor Gaissert, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur der Raketten Artillerie Truppe, Ernst Graewe, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Versorgung, Friedrich Hanesse, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur der 4th Fallschirmjägerluftflotte , Battle for Stalingrad, Hans von Herudt von Rhode, General der Flieger, Erich von Keiser, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Leader of firing Commission with the Air Fleet Reich, in Wiesbaden, Erich Homberg, Generalmajor der Flieger, Commander of POW’s Military District III, Herbert Giese, Generaloberst der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 15th Division , D-Day, Hans von Salmuth, Generalmajor der Wehrmacht, Chef des Generalstabes vom Generalkommando XXXIII: Armeekorps, Friedrich von Unger, Generalleutnant der Wehrmacht, Military Attaché on the German, Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, Bruno Uthmann, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Command of the X Army, Hanns Adolf Voigt, Generalmajor der Flieger, 8th Departement der Luftwaffe, Horst Voigt-Ruscheweyh and Vice Admiral, Marineattaché, Ralf von Marwitz.
Cemetery and grave location of Heye, Hellmuth Guido Alexander.